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  • big game! we simply have to win if we are to stay in the hunt for 4th & stop the rot.

    i think it will be close & lots of goals.
    im going to say 2-2 draw.

    prob be a boring 0-0 game now.

    id love a 1-0!

    good news is no bellamy or swp.

    id prob start crouch & keep the rest of the team the same as wolves.

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    • Did anybody else also think that Dawson had an immense game?
      I only recall him missing one aerial battle all night. IMHO the M-o-t-M was between him and Krancjar. Lennon started slow and then got going - but Daws was consistent all night, and his distribution was excellent as well.

      To reduce City to a few not even half chances (ignoring the late Adebayor miss) just shows how well the back four played.

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      • Dawson.......couldn't agree more John.For me Dawson has come of age.soild and a leader.MOTM yes......though you could pick out 9 others too for their contribution......who have I left out? Corluka......not impressed by him.seems he has trouble controlling the easiest of balls.Great result!!!!!! COYS

      • John, Dawson was magnificent last night to me he was the man of the match, also thought Kranjcar was immense for us, Lennon looked really sharp with good link up play, i also think everybody put in a shift last night and i was also pleased to see our fans back on song with great vocal support.
        Personally i think it was our best performance alongside the opening game with Liverpool, we were subdued for around 25 minutes but we were superb for the last 15 minutes of the first half.
        We also have to give great credit to Gomez i think he has been superb for us and last night hardly anything to do but when called on 2 great saves.
        I was on this thread Saturday saying how dissapointing we were against Wolves but what a difference a few days make back in the hunt, if we had have lost last night i think we could of wiltered but we were confident last night and my drive home last night was more enjoyable than Saturday i can tell you.
        Going back to your point John on Mr Dawsons performance last night he should and could be in contention for the plane to South Africa, Cappello could do worse than take him even if he is a squad player, he read the game so well and they originally said he could only play when Ledley played, so Ledley could talk him through the game. When he wears the arm band im sure it makes him a much more mature player and even when Woody and King are back i dont think either one of them will be first choice.
        Where do we play Modric is now the question, you must play him but who makes way, after last night we could not possibly drop Kranjcar do we jig the midfield drop Huddleston and push Modric up behind the front 2, its a good situation to have lets see what Harry does.

    • Also id loved to be adventurous and put some pace and skill on the pitch to make a real exciting match, could you imagine defending against defoe, gio, lennon, modric and kranjcar with naughton and BAE over lapping? also palacios biting at ya heels?!

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      • Love to see the win - I really can't see it though.

        So its a 2-2 for me...huh!! for once I am in agreement with you Spurbabe!

        In my 'Bouncing back from the Wolves game thread' I said that we would get a 1-0 win, but we have been leaking goals left, right and centre recently.

        And with Carlos 'Quasimodo' Tevez scoring for fun for City at the moment, I can't see us keeping a clean sheet. Also Adeboo-boo also has quite a prolific scoring record against us

        Ho-hum... being a Spurs fan can be very stressful at times!

    • I'll go for a pessimistic 2-2, but if Lennon/Keane/Defoe/Krancjar (Modric) turn in good performances, then I can see a 3-1 or 3-2.

      I just want to see the boys turn in a performance that makes you think '...yep, we're playing good stuff...' - not chewing your nails to the quick, hoping for the final whistle!

      Lets get that midfield dominating. Hudd has got to reward 'arry's faith in him at some point and grab the game by the scruff of the neck.


    • Agreed - he's been something of a revelation at the club, I have a lot of respect for him.

      And another thing I like about him is, despite being a tough tackler etc, he never looses his temper and and is always a model professional on the pitch. No whinging, no yelling at the ref, no fighting, he just gets on with it. Nice to see.

    • i dont think hudd wil ever grow into the CM he could be.
      but id rather keep him than jenas. so id sell jenas as hudd got more potential.

      either we put hudd at CB when bassong goes or we buy CB & end up with 5 after jan.

      i still think bale would be a good LM so he can cover there.
      he would need to improve defensively to be a LB.

      more of gio & naughton when we can.

      bye to jenas,bentley,pav.

    • hey SB, we're never going to agree! I actually thought Corluka was a bit poor last night with a fair bit of loose stuff, totally agree Assou-Ekotto was very skilful, something worries me tho, always expecting some howling error from him...
      we played well tho didn't we?
      happy christmas to you & your family (and indeed to all of you fellow sufferers!)

    • I also totally agree - he is something we are famous for lacking since Graham Roberts, if we could get someone else like him and retain the attacking flow, no reason we couldn't get 4th or higher...we generally seem to be playing far more like a team than in previous years
      I suppose it'll all go wrong...

    • Old fan, spot on - I think that's something he needs to improve on, although he has played some killer passes this season I think he has room for improvement. But he is one of our star players for the reason you say - his take no prisoners approach and the way he breakes up play. Andy Gray - who I don't always agree with - called him 'a midfield destroyer' which I quite liked lol.

      Now if we can only carry this performance through to the Blackburn game.

    • Sorry to rain on your parade Maroussia but if you have bought tickets from here you have been well and truely ripped off!!

      How much have you paid exactly?

      According to the website ticets for the Pompey game are anything between £350 and £750 EACH!!!! Does that include flights from anywhere in the World and an overnighter at the Ritz?

      Jeez I hope we win.

    • Hudd wasnt amazing but i think he has one of the harder jobs of the game! and he pulls defenders away becuase whod let hudd be on the edge of the box unmarked with his rifle?! but id drop him for modric, let modric roam behind crouch and defoe, lethal! hed sitll be good back up and could play him against teams were we need a bit of hieght...... id say bye to jenas, bentley pav andnext window keane (no point disrupting a strike force now)

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